But as with all beautiful things, there's an art to creating the photo that'll take you to double-digit likes. Here are some tips I've learned for achieving a drool-worthy food photo:
1. Shoot with natural, indirect light.
Unless you're Terry Richardson, trying to make food look sexy, never turn on your flash. Instead, shoot by a window using indirect sunlight. Pay attention to the direction of the light, too. Are you shooting a drink? Shoot into the light! Light streaming through drinks looks oh so pretty.
2. Don't shoot food too closely.
Back up. If you're too close, people can't see the actual food. I want to see the world in which you eat. I want to see the plate, the drink you're having with the food, the fork you are using. I want the whole world, not just a sliver of it.
3. Change your angle.
If you're shooting on your phone, which most likely has a wide-angle lens, you might notice that shooting straight on creates a bit of a fish-eye effect—you see too much and things are a bit warped. If this is happening, opt to position the camera at a three- quarters angle (slightly higher than straight on) or directly overhead.
4. Use props.
Don't feel shy about moving plates and glasses around or putting a fork in the right place. People may stare, but you're doing it for the 'gram.
5. Use filters with restraint.
This isn't the 1970s! Various apps out there, including Instagram, allow you to apply a filter, and then bring it down a notch. Do this!
Adapted from The Year of Cozy